Ranked in the Top 5 in the Country

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s No. 5 in the country, and No. 1 west of the Rocky Mountains.

This is our top ranking to date. We are honored to be selected for the 24th consecutive year and to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.

Nationally Ranked in 10 of 10 Specialty Areas

U.S. News & World Report ranks pediatric hospitals in 10 specialty areas. Seattle Children’s received top rankings for all 10 specialties.

Seattle Children’s also ranked in the top 10 for six specialty programs:

Other Seattle Children’s programs receiving top recognition include:


About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals on quality-related information, including hospital survival rates, nurse staffing ratios, availability of specialty care, safety and reputation. Please note that U.S. News & World Report does not survey and rank all specialties. Of the over 40 specialties provided at Seattle Children’s, the Best Children’s Hospitals survey ranks 10 total specialties.

“Finding care for a child with a life-threatening or rare condition is one of the most overwhelming experiences parents face,” says Ben Harder, managing editor of healthcare analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “We hope the rankings and information in Best Children’s Hospitals help make a family’s search for the best care possible for their child a little easier.”

Visit the U.S. News & World Report website for more information about the rankings.

Learn More About Seattle Children’s Specialties

  • We treat more than 270 new patients with cancer each year, more than any other center in the region, with top outcomes. Our Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program was one of the first in the country for young adults with cancer and blood disorders.

  • We perform heart operations every day – more than 560 procedures a year – treating heart defects from mild to critical. Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric heart center in the Pacific Northwest with the depth of expertise to provide comprehensive cardiac care services for infants, children and teens.

  • Our team is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology and can treat and evaluate the full range of endocrinology conditions. We provide long-term care for children and teens with diabetes and endocrine problems, such as puberty, growth and thyroid disorders.

  • We offer cutting-edge clinical expertise treating a wide variety of complex and chronic gastrointestinal and liver disorders for children and adolescents. We have the only liver transplant and small bowel transplant programs for children in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Seattle Children’s Level IV NICU offers the highest level of neonatal intensive care in Washington and is one of only two in the state. Equipped to care for the tiniest and most critically ill newborns, our NICU receives patients from nearly all Level III NICUs in Washington and Montana.

  • Our Nephrology team provides specialized care for kidney conditions, including the most complex disorders. We have a transplant program, as well as the only dialysis unit in the region for babies, children and teens.

  • Our neurosurgeons and neurologists use the most advanced techniques, like selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and laser ablation, to treat children with brain and central nervous system conditions. Seattle Children’s has the only comprehensive epilepsy program in the Pacific Northwest especially for children and teens, and the only Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program to treat pediatric stroke.

  • The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Program has special clinics dedicated to treating children with cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders and asthma. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists and dietitians committed to providing your child complete and compassionate care.

  • Our experts are leaders in the treatment of common and complex conditions affecting the genitals, urinary tract and bladder. Our Differences in Sex Development Program is named a Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).